K18m Goroka market redevelopment

A market that should have been upgraded four years ago will now undergo redevelopment at K18 million by Chinese construction firm, China Hu Wei.

The contract was signed on November 15th at Government House between Secretary for Works and Implementation, David Wereh, and China Hu Wei representatives.

Eastern Highlands Governor Peter Numu said the redeveloped market will be a gift to the people and especially mothers of East Highlands Province, who have had to put up with the market’s current status over the years.

“This market is for the good of our simple people. Not for us the politicians and business people. It’s a gift to our mothers and our people back in the province.

“There  is no need for us to continue with our in-house fighting, so we agreed and we got a consent order from the Goroka National Court, and the market project proceed with the normal tender process, and China Hu Wei successfully won the bid,” Numu said.

He thanked the government and former Governor Julie Soso and her Provincial Executive Council for putting PSIP funding to add up to the total cost.

Numu anticipates the construction of the market in the next four months.

“Of all the Highlands provinces, I want Goroka market to be the best,” he added.

Sally Pokiton